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866 Hendersonville Road

How often have you driven on Hendersonville Road and wondered what this or that site used to look like before twenty-first century development? Let’s look at one address: 866 Hendersonville Road. This is what you see today. 866 Hendersonville Road was originally owned by Frank Mears. In 1945 Reginald O. Dodd purchased the stone building.
The first two posts in this series traced Edward Stephens’s career from St. Louis to Asheville to Topeka.  We saw him succeed as well as fail as he tried to lift up his race with his work in schools and black YMCAs.  This new post brings the story to a conclusion by looking at how
In Part One we focused on Stephens’s work as a principal and teacher in the Asheville City Schools and as the organizer and first general secretary of the Young Men’s Institute (YMI).  In this new post, we’ll look at the events that led to Stephens’s departure from Asheville and the work he and his wife

Correcting the Record.

A few months ago some questions arose about a couple photographs in the North Carolina Room’s Special Collection. They show a group of African-American masons erecting a wall up against a building with a large “Drink Pepsi-Cola” sign painted on it. Zoe asked me if I could confirm the details in the description. Here’s part
This post begins the two-part story of Edward Stephens and his work in Asheville and other cities.  Although Stephens wasn’t one of the original five black teachers when the Asheville public schools opened in January 1888, he came to the system two years later and made lasting contributions to the black community as a teacher,
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